Creatures And Puppets
Creatures And Puppets The "Little Guy" and his family, Bojangles Restaurants (Southeast region) For many years, Bojangles Restaurants had as their spokesperson a chicken in a suit known as the "Little Guy," and he had many incarnations, as well as several family members, appear in television commercials and print ads during his career. As a workshop associate with Grey Seal Puppets, I assisted in the design and build (both puppets and costuming) and performance for many of these characters.
143938301"Avenue Q" (European Tour) In 2008, Grey Seal Puppets was commissioned to create a set of the lovable characters from the Broadway show "Avenue Q" for one of the European touring productions. I assisted on the build on each puppet, particularly Lucy and Trekkie Monster.
193637836"Avenue Q," Lucy and Kate Monster
193637533"Avenue Q," Princeton and Rod
193637534"Avenue Q," Nikki and Trekkie Monster
193637535Bloo and Cheese, "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends" These puppets--the characters Bloo and Cheese from the Cartoon Network show "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"--were created by Grey Seal Puppets (for Cartoon Network) for the 2006 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade CN float. I assisted in the build on both puppets.
193637837"Creative Kits" hand puppets, Darice company (craft suppliers) The Darice company had in their craft kit line a series of simple felt hand puppet characters that could be easily cut out and put together. I was part of the contract team of designers tasked with developing several puppet characters that could be constructed with simple instructions, and kept within a tight budget. This turtle was one of my designs.
143938302Bert shoes, "Sesame Street Live!" As a workshop associate with VEE Corporation (producers of the stage show "Sesame Street Live!"), one of my main tasks was to create the shoes and other footwear for many of the characters. These shoes are cast from latex, with additional molded latex pieces glued/stitched and painted, and with a quick-release buckle inside the shoe to allow the inner athletic shoes to be switched out as needed.
143938300Marvin The Martian character costume recreation This costume was created for my personal collection, and is a recreation of the cartoon character Marvin the Martian. The head, skirt, and shoes are built from EVA foam covered with fabric, and the hands are constructed of polyfoam covered with Antron fleece. The interior support for the head was created by using a construction helmet liner, and vision is through the eyes (made of white plastic canvas).
193637997Mr. Hat, "South Park" A recreation of the puppet character Mr. Hat from the cartoon TV series "South Park." This puppet was re-created for an instructional workshop, and is made of felt with a Styrofoam ball for the head and cardboard for the hat structure.
193637998Bunny Character Costume, "The Net" This character costume was built by The VEE Corporation to appear in the 1995 feature film "The Net." The original storyline called for the character to be an obvious Barney knock-off, and to be mistakenly shot by the assassin that chases Sandra Bullock's character through an amusement park. At the last moment, however, the story was changed, and the mascot was repurposed to be a generic bunny. I assisted in the general build on the original dinosaur character costume.
193661290Gandalf Puppet Costume A miniature version of the costume worn by the character Gandalf the Grey in "The Lord of the Rings" film series. This puppet costume is one featured in my book, "The Well Dressed Puppet" (http://www.amazon.com/The-Well-Dressed-Puppet-Creating-Costumes/dp/113802533X).
193686025Ringwraith On A Horse puppet/costume hybrid (recreation from "The Lord of the Rings" film series) This puppet/costume combination--a recreation of the Ringwraith/Nazgul character from "The Lord of the Rings" film series--is known as a trompe l'oeil (French for deceive the eye), where the costume and puppet together with one performer give the illusion of a rider on a horse. The horse puppet had been originally created for a theatrical production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the Headless Horseman's steed, and is built from cardboard covered with fur, re-purposed wigs for the mane, and red bicycle reflectors for eyes that glow red in flash photos. The puppet fits around the performer's waist, with fake legs draped over the sides of the horse to add to the illusion, and the performer walks on stilts to add height. (In this case, the "stilts" were actually upturned plastic garbage pails, which gave a broader base for balance and had the unexpected added bonus of creating a realistic "clop-clop" sound when walking on a hard surface.)
193686026Ghost of Christmas Present, "The Muppet Christmas Carol" This 1992 film was the Muppets' version of the Dickens classic, and while it was filmed mainly in England, most of the puppets and creatures were built in the New York shop. I assisted in the general build for several of the characters, including The Ghost of Christmas Present.